Open daily from 9am -6pm (January and February) and 9am - 5pm during the rest of the year. If so, walk slowly and quietly, waiting for them to move if need be. After coming under the bridge, come up from the riverside into the parking bay/picnic area adjacent to SH10. Be aware that around this 4km mark, the track moves off into the bush to the right of the bench. Use stiles where provided. The Waitangi Forest is a commercial forest, and forestry operations, including logging and log truck transport, are present in the forest most months of the year. In the Te Araroa and long-walk world, these beautiful samaritans are called ‘Trail Angels’ who open their family, houses, fridges, vegetable gardens, lawns and lives to weary walkers who need assistance or a resting place for a koha, meger sum of cash or in service only. Local Maori know the forest as Orowhana, and the Herkino Saddle as Te Arai, the door, where spirits pause before fleeing north to Cape Reinga. Matakana Outback – 844 Matakana Valley Rd (just beyond where the trail north leaves the road), 09 422 9514 or 021 831 938 (Kurt). NO dogs, guns, vehicles, camping or fires. It stands facing the Treaty House, the two buildings together symbolising the partnership agreed between Māori and the British Crown, on which today’s Aotearoa New Zealand is founded. Just above the south end of Twilight Beach (12km from Cape Reinga) is a small campsite with toilet, water supply and a covered area - recommend stopping here, then planning to reach Maunganui Bluff (28km away) the following day. Kayak up the inlet with Bay Beach Hire, phone 0800 611440 or 021 1894204. Tide information: Check the best times for walking. Northland Age By: Peter de Graaf Hikers on the national walking trail, Te Araroa, have been diverted on to a busy stretch of road between Matapōuri … From the junction of Pukatea Ridge and Takapau Tracks, head northeast for 300m to the junction with Walnut Track and Pirau Ridge Road (a well-formed 4WD road). Take care between Diggers Valley Road and Waiotehue Road. The trail follows the Lower Turitea Walkway, a well-formed pathway with 3 footbridges over the Turitea Stream. Then you go over a hill and down a bush line to a marshy area and up a spur onto pasture land. Roger Gale - P: 09 409 3807 - E: roger@treeskills.co.nz - is available for guiding through Herekino and Raetea Forests. From there, the track follows along the Estuary to the Whananaki Footbridge, entrance to the Whananaki Holiday Park and the Village. The taxi dropped us off on a back road and we had an easy walk along dirt roads through more perfect farmland to Takahue. Move gently. Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 7am - 6pm / Sat: 8.30am - 5pm / Sun: 9am - 3pm (these hours may shorten in winter). Then it's a nice walk along Ngunguru Ford Rd out to continue the route south. However, take care to avoid getting a shock. Please consider the following links around boating safety in the Whangarei area. Please treat it with respect. Sheryl also has tenting available for walkers at 228 Waikare Valley Rd (koha/donation please) - call Sheryl, or information at the Russell GAS station. Own tent or use our 5m glamping tent. The recommended entry point is from SH10 approximately 600m north of the Waipapa Township. Pick ups and drop offs are at Russell water front four square, or at the waikare inlet. Te Araroa 2: Northland Forests. Then-Prime Minister, Jim Bolger whisked a yellow tarpaulin off a local volcanic stone embedded with lines from A. R.D. Campsite is $22.00 per head, winter: $17.00. Please leave farm gates as you find them. The Herekino (Orowhana) Track was a joint project between Te Araroa Trust and the Department of Conservation. The Herekino Forest has now closed due to Kauri Dieback - as a result of this we ask that you follow the following suggestion from the boat ramp on Ninety Mile Beach. Pick ups are available for groups or singles $10.00, one way trip. They offer camping on their farm with hot shower and toilet facilities and drinking water supply. Accommodation option - It is fortunate to provide accommodation in such an isolated forest area, available is a four sleeping cabin, space for tents, campervans or a short stop over for a break. Note: If the sea conditions are good, an alternative is to sea kayak from Ngunguru to Pataua North. We have some rough and remote landscapes in this part of the world, so … What is the Te Araroa Trail? Leaving the gate at the north end of McAuslin Road, head south down the road and turn east onto Matapōuri Road. Follow the markers and stiles and watch out for the farm animals. It also passes the remains of a powerhouse built as part of a hydro-electric generation scheme which operated between 1930-67. James at Nikau Bay Camp will provide you with tide times and river crossing info should you decide to chose this Trail option. Turn north on SH 10 for 600m. Retrace your steps until you are back on the Skyline Rd. At the very top there is another cleaning station. The Pukatea Ridge Track climbs steeply, (past a small freedom campsite 30m up the track) and then on up steps to the ridge through young kauri for 3.5km to meet the Takapau Track. Last ferry 1 September to 30 October 7.30pm, 1 June to 31 August 5.30pm. After 1.8km, you leave the road & follow markers across a pasture to reach another tarmac driveway (part of a subdivision). 9 Aug, 2020 11:00 PM Quick Read. The track passes through private forest and may be subject to occasional closures due to forestry operations. Please follow the Ahipara road to Kaitāia (18km) please be careful on this road. 1km up this road is the small parking area. Follow the road (looking out for traffic) to Sandy Bay, enjoying the beautiful beaches as you go. From the beach, follow Tip Road west. We'd love to meet you. To leave Waipū township, take Cove Road to the southeast and follow it 6.5km to the junction with Cullen Road. P: 432 8668 or 021 233 6748). The track ahead runs parallel to the Papakauri Stream. (For assistance contact Simon Ellison, who can assist with a kayak crossing. Turn left into Te Toiroa Road. Therefore please plan around using only these two sites. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, are open daily from 9am - 6pm (January and February) and 9am - 5pm during the rest of the year. This established the framework for New Zealand's bi-cultural society. - anywhere between Puketi and Russell Forests. After 1.5km, the track tails out, and for the next 4km you're walking up the stream. If you have any questions about the trail, just drop me a line. Beachcomber Lodge & Backpacker - P: 09 408 1275 - E: mainstreet@xtra.co.nz - 235 Commerce St, Kaitaia. Passenger Ferry: For Paihia - Russell. You walk over a highpoint of 297m then past the Trig at 276m for magnificent views in every direction. Contact him in advance on P: 09 408 3685. Skyline Road twists and turns for 8.7km through the forest. Discover remote villages, magical kauri forests, breathtaking volcanic scenery and bustling cities on New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. Detour to Apple dam campsite: if you want to camp, turn right into Kauri Sanctuary Road for 500m. Walk southeast up Pā Road and turn northeast into Kerikeri Inlet Road. I was only doing 500km but still this journey on foot was a few months in the planning and my first adventure since going from Normal to Nomad. Note: We come through here with agreement from a number of landowners so please respect this and do not make camp anywhere on this track. Kerikeri is both a beautiful place in the Bay of Islands, and one of New Zealand's most historic sites. All the way from Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south, the trail will extend for 3000 km. At the top, you climb stiles onto well-formed farm tracks. They are supportive of Te Araroa and happy for walkers to stay here however please be sure to pay a $10/night fee (carry some cash) into the secure honesty box so the reputation of Te Araroa is maintained, or this privilege will be at risk. It climbs the hill to a playground at the end of Norfolk Road. Te Araroa, which translates to ‘’the long pathway’’, is a 3000km tramp running the length of the North and South islands. Created with sketchtool. This track leads to Matuku Street. There is another cleaning station here and again, please remove all mud from your footwear before continuing. From the junction with SH1 & Mākene Rd, keep following SH1 for 6.5km. Follow along to cross a concrete ford over a stream (NB: if water is flowing over the top of it, do not proceed as this means water levels in the Mangapukahukahu gorge will be too dangerous). Two river crossings - never cross flooded rivers. What is the Te Araroa Trail? Cross the stile, into Landcorp’s Puketōtara Farm. As it leaves Kerikeri Inlet Road the trail ascends gradually through young pines for 2.6 km to a road junction. From Whananaki North village, there’s a track next to the school which leads to the footbridge. An alternative is Kerikeri, which has the advantage of being on the trail should you want to leave gear. Hopewell B&B - 1349 Russell Rd, Helena Bay Hill - P: 09 4339608 - We offer a dinner option on request (booking required 24hrs before arrival) and we also have single room rates. Note that Sheryl's place is "off the grid" - composting toilet available on request and kauri dieback cleaning facilities available, please make use of these! Stretching 3,000 km from Cape Reinga, at the top of the North Island, to Bluff, at the bottom of the South Island, the TA is defined by its challenging terrain, unpredictable weather and navigational obstacles, and just may be the toughest of the world’s major thru-hikes. The final 2.5km exits through a housing development onto Cove Road. Camping now available - toilet, river, picnic table and washing line. You follow orange marker posts over Hērangi Hill, pass the turnoff to Cape Maria Van Diemen and along clifftops of flax and mānuka scrublands, before dropping down to Twilight Beach. Enjoy Te Araroa’s most popular bits. Book Puketi Forest Hut online. Photographs, records and models show the huge pipeline that stretches from Marsden Point all the way to Wiri in South Auckland. It ranges over mountains and farmland, through forest, along beaches, on back roads, and in a few parts, through towns and suburbs. Note: When on farm tracks you may encounter some closed gates, and often, stretchy electrified wires - carefully use the plastic handles to open and leave gates open or closed as you found them. We look forward to being part of your NZ adventure. Fully equipped kitchen for use. The Te Araroa adventure continues as we leave Northland behind and new challenges arise that force us to reconsider our hike. In case you missed it, here’s my last post as I … Kaitaia is the most northern gateway town to Cape Reinga, servicing a population of approximately 5200. It also has a range of well-setup caravans on the beachfront that many walkers prefer for a break with comfortable beds, great views, and impressive facilities. Those customers are among the growing number of walkers exploring the national Te Araroa trail, who are helping to sustain many of the businesses and small communities along the way. Please note: Private farmland and kiwi and pateke nesting area; Open daylight hours only; No dogs, horses, bikes, guns, fires or camping. The large swathe of land on view from this low summit, includes the Waitangi Treaty Grounds below. Opposite the rock/concrete wall (on the south side) is the best place to cross. Please contact Blair Jones - 24 hours before on 0211147466, Note if you are hoping to wait and find a lift across to Marsden Point, you are better waiting here at Reotahi than continuing around to McLeods Bay, and note that on the Te Araroa maps, the route line ends at Reotahi. Waitiki Holiday Park - P: 09 409 7508 - E: manager@waitikiholidaypark.co.nz - Camping, cabins & backpackers, restaurants & takeaways, convenience store & internet café, drop off & pick up service for hikers. The internationally renowned Te Araroa trail stretches from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island to Bluff at the bottom of the South Island. The bush track follows the ridgeline on a largely west-east basis past: The track then descends through bush and private farmland to Mākene Rd, Mangamuka. There may be farm animals on this track. The Kerikeri Basin is where Maori welcomed missionaries in 1819 to establish a Church Mission Settlement. The Raetea Forest has some of the highest peaks in Northland, so expect cloud and rain. Find walking maps and guidebooks, self guided walking holidays and hiking tours. Te Araroa related: Bluff and Ship Cove: images by Peter Peryer, John Webber and Mark Adams My other website is dedicated to muesli and its variants ! The Far North is a remote region with long, lonely stretches of sand facing the Tasman Sea and forests of dense bush, steep hills and fast-rising rivers. Walk 800m southeast along Whananaki North Road. From the open tops high above the Telford Burn Te Araroa through-trampers get their first glimpse towards the south coast. From the centre of Bulls head south-west on High St for 5 km (after about 2 km it becomes Parewanui Rd). Please register your trail usage before embarking on your journey. Tenting, Toilets and water refill available and $10 koha appreciated. Near the southern end of the beach, a sand track leads up to a carpark, toilet and Ocean Beach Road. With our limited beds in our dorm rooms and private rooms available you can be assured you’ll have a restful sleep after a long day of tramping. River canyons - flash floods. In the Te Araroa and long-walk world, these beautiful samaritans are called ‘Trail Angels’ who open their family, houses, fridges, vegetable gardens, lawns and lives to weary walkers who need assistance or a resting place for a koha, meger sum of cash or in service only. The Marsden Point Oil Refinery Visitors Centre, Marsden Pt, Ruakaka - P: 09 432 8194. 1. If the tide is in, take the footpath south on Seaview Road to Haumi Bay. Then climb a further 1.5km until, at the top of the climb, a 4WD track leads left along a soft ridge leading down to Mangapukahukahu Stream. Check out my Te Araroa Trail blog and my other tramping/hiking adventures in New Zealand. Tuatahi Airport Shuttle - Alex Nankivell - P: 021 08753196. It follows the fenceline much of the way down into a gully before a steep climb up to a cleared and grassy high point (218m) with spectacular views out to the coast and the Poor Knights Islands. The entrance of the recreational area will be on your right. Your hosts are Gaelyn and Scott Dewhurst. Your hosts - Mark and Kerry, Mangawhai Deli - Shop 2, 7 Wood Street, Mangawhai Heads - P: 09 431 5887, 4 Four Square - Moir Street, Mangawhai Village - P: 09 431 4585 Hours: Monday to Sunday: 7:00am – 7:00pm. Te Araroa Trail was founded by Geoff Chapple, a journalist and keen tramper who first promoted the idea of … Pacific Coast Kayaks will carry hikers' packs to the take-out point where hikers can resume their journey. This trail is also known as The Long Pathway. W: mangawhaibackpackers@gmail.com. Poupou totems mark the sacred site and the central pou is carved in honour of Taunaha, an ancestor. The coastal views north are spectacular. You can also call Peter on 0274 172440. Follow a well-benched track for about 4km, past Hansens Hill (where the bench turns sharply northeast). If you encounter a road closed sign or banner across the road, it means you have left the designated walkway and are on the wrong route. The camp has tent sites, and showers/cooking facilities and James can help get you across the estuary via boat/kayak. The spectacular Mavora lakes, the eerie Takitimu Forest and the windswept coast. Take this driveway and turn right (north) over the front lawn past the last house. Challenges include crossing several bodies of water. If conditions are right though, it’s a beautiful walk. That is, only at Sheltered Bay. A full range of amenities is available at Paihia (population 1770), i-SITE Visitor Information Centres - The Wharf, Marsden Rd, Paihia - P: 09 402 7345 or 0800 363 463 - E: paihia@visitnorthland.co.nz -For further information on Paihia and Russell: www.paihianz.co.nz and W: www.russellnz.co.nz, Derek Miller lives in Haruru Falls and is happy to provide assistance to TA walkers - transport etc - anywhere between Puketi and Russell Forests. Continue on old bush tracks in a southeast direction down ridgelines to some pretty little streams before climbing steeply all the way up again (174m down then up). Track ( with orange markers southern routes are full of diversity and beauty 1.5km look for the tramper. 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